The Carpenter’s Tools

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Brother Hammer served as the chairman. The other members of the tool belt informed him that he must leave, because he was too noisy. But brother Hammer said, “If I have to leave this carpenter’s shop, then brother Gimlet must go too. He’s insignificant and makes a very small impression.” (A gimlet is a small tool with a screw point, grooved shank, and a cross handle for boring holes).

Carpenter Tool Belt and Tools - Isolated on White by BoomeraATV.

Little brother Gimlet arose and said, “All right, but brother Screwdriver must go also. You have to turn him around and around to get anywhere with him.”

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Brother Screwdriver turned to the other tools in the belt and said, “If you wish, I will go, but brother Plane must leave too. All of his work is on the surface; there’s no depth to what he does.”

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To this brother Plane leveled his terse reply, “Well, then, brother Saw will have to depart too. The changes he proposes always cut too deep.”

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Brother Saw complained, saying, “Brother Ruler will have to withdraw if I leave, for he’s

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Standing In My Stadium

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good_shepherd by tomfinken.  

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If You’ve Ever Been In Love…

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Think back (for some of you this will take longer than others) to when you met that man/woman that you just knew would be the one. Remember when you realized/admitted to yourself that you loved him/her. Now remember how much you wanted to act like you were in a movie, and yell to everyone in the football stadium “I love (fill in the name)!!!!” You told family and friends how perfect he was. You told your boys how she was just what you were looking for.

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Well, I told THE LORD I loved Him today. And He said to me, “How much do you love me? You haven’t told anyone how good I’ve been to you. You haven’t shared how perfect my love is. You haven’t spread the good news that I am always there to listen to your problems. You haven’t told your family how I helped you pay your bills when you didn’t have a high paying job, or how I got you a better one. You didn’t tell your boys

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A Conspiracy of Kindness‏

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 Liberty Basketball Game by StephenGilmer.

Kevin is a boy who might be described as “slow.” He didn’t learn his
ABCs as fast as other kids. He couldn’t compete in schoolyard races.
But Kevin had a way with people. His bright smile and big heart won
him plenty of friends.

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My friend Randy, the pastor at Kevin’s church, decided they needed a
basketball team for boys. Kevin signed on and soon basketball became
a center of his life. He practiced hard. While the other boys worked
at dribbling the basketball and shooting lay-ups, skills Kevin would
never master, he simply shot baskets. Or more correctly, he threw
the ball AT the basket. He had a special spot near the free throw
line. He threw and threw, and it occasionally went in. On the rare
times that he succeeded, Kevin raised his arms and shouted, “Look at
me, Coach! Look at me!” Randy looked at him. And smiled.

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The day before their first game, Coach Randy gave each player a
bright red jersey. Kevin was number 12. He scrambled himself into

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